dents, denting, dented
1) VERB If you dent the surface of something, you make a hollow area in it by hitting or pressing it.

[V n] A great chunk of loose kerbing smashed into my left-front wheel, bursting the tyre and denting the rim...

[V n] Its brass feet dented the carpet's thick pile.

Derived words:

Watch out for bargains, but never buy dented cans.

2) N-COUNT A dent is a hollow in the surface of something which has been caused by hitting or pressing it.

I was convinced there was a dent in the bonnet which hadn't been there before.

3) VERB If something dents your ideas or your pride, it makes you realize that your ideas are wrong, or that you are not as good or successful as you thought.

[V n] This has not dented the City's enthusiasm for the company...

[V n] After a while that sort of thing dents your confidence.

4) N-COUNT: usu N in n If one thing makes a dent in another, it reduces it by a large amount.

The commission had barely begun to make a dent in the problem...

I hated to put any dents in his enthusiasm, but I was trying to be realistic.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • dent — [ dɑ̃ ] n. f. • 1080 masc. ou fém.; lat. dens, dentis I ♦ 1 ♦ (Chez l homme) Un des organes de la bouche, de couleur blanchâtre, durs et calcaires, implantés sur le bord libre des deux maxillaires. ⇒arg. ratiche . Mâcher, mordre, déchirer avec… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Dent — (d[e^]nt), n. [A variant of {Dint}.] 1. A stroke; a blow. [Obs.] That dent of thunder. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. A slight depression, or small notch or hollow, made by a blow or by pressure; an indentation. [1913 Webster] A blow that would have… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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